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  1. Top 100 Best Dance Songs From The 80s Ever!!!


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  2. Top Ten Best Italo-Disco Songs Ever!!!


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    America killed disco music back in the late 70s and Europe fought back by coming up with cool new subgenres in the dance and disco world so Italo-Disco was born out of the ashes of disco music in the late 70s and it’s certainly the evolution of disco dance music. Italo-Disco was mostly popular in Italy and Germany later reaching as far as France, UK, Spain and elsewhere on the main continent and Italo-Disco was the main form of dance music throughout most of the 80s there. Here in the states it was known as Hi-NRG because really disco was dead here and Italo-Disco was too Euro! Whatever you want to call it though I love my Italo-Disco. Ok it could get a bit cheesy but boy this subgenre has some of the best tracks ever in the dance and electronic music world and I’ve compiled the Top Ten best Italo-Disco Songs ever below and if you’re new to this style of music but do like dance and electronic music then you will certainly like these. Most of these were underground hits here in the states but you might have heard one or two here and there. Mostly Problèmes d’Amour  by Alexander Robotnick which was featured in a scene in National Lampoons European Vacation.

    Others songs on this Top Ten best Italo-Disco Songs ever list you might have heard of are I’m Ready by Kano a very sexy, dance track with an electro disco beat. It has been featured on countless compilations lately and if you don’t know Kano you need to know of Kano. And I’m not speaking of Kano the rapper. Hell no! Check out their very excellent Greatest Hits of excellent Italo-Disco songs. They had a bigger hit in the states with It’s A War reaching number one on the Billboard dance charts around 1983.

    Spacer Woman by Charlie has been an underground Italo-Disco song for such a long time. It had a resurrection of some sorts about 5 or so years ago when an a really awesome compilation of Italo-Disco songs called I-Robots and was featured on that and since then it’s been on my iPod/iPhone. If you can get your hands on I-Robots then I would as it’s one of the best Italo-Disco compilations ever. Alot of songs in the Italo-Disco genre dealt with space, robots and love affairs taking place in outer space and with robots etc so Italo-Disco suited this very well and Spacer Woman is not short of dealing with lovers in outer space.

    I recently discovered Savage for the first time off of the Pet Shop Boys Back To Mine compilation which is highly recommended to own as it’s chock full of awesome dance music all influenced by the two members of the Pet Shop Boys. Ok earlier in the 2000s is when I discovered Savage and wasn’t sure how I missed Don’t Cry Tonight back in the early 80s? Don’t Cry Tonight is an excellent example of synthy, spacey mellower than normal Italo-Disco song. It’s certainly worthy of being included in this list of Top Ten Best Italo-Disco Songs Ever list.

    That leaves Peter Richard, Cyber People, Mr. Flagio (Check out Pet Shop Boys Back To Mine compilation for Take A Chance by Mr. Flagio as well), Gaz Nevada, Ken Laszlo and Lime to round out the Tp Ten Best Italo-Disco Songs Ever list. They’re all great and excellent choices.

    So check out the Top Ten Best Italo-Disco Songs Ever list below. Let me know what you think of these tracks. Like them? Hate them?

    Walking In The Neon (Original 12″ Club Mix) by Peter Richard
    Take A Chance by Mr. Flagio
    Don’t Cry Tonight (12″ Version) by Savage
    Problèmes D’Amour by Alexander Robotnik
    I’m Ready by Kano
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    I. C. Love Affair by Gaz Nevada
    Spacer Woman by Charlie
    Babe We’re Gonna Love Tonight [Remix] by Lime
    Hey Hey Guy by Ken Laszlo
    Void Vision (Extended Version) by Cyber People

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  3. Don’t Cry Tonight (12” Version) by Savage


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    Don’t Cry Tonight is the forgotten 80s guilty pleasure that I recently discovered again after checking out Back To Mine by Pet Shop Boys compilation see image below. If you haven’t heard this double album by Pet Shop Boys from the Back To Mine series you need to hear it now. It’s got all great classic tracks inspired by the boys from Pet Shop Boys. One disc of tracks by Neil and other disc of track by Chris. Don’t Cry Tonight is off of Chris’s disc. Since then I have not been able to stop listening to Don’t Cry Tonight by Savage. The song originally was released in 1983 and was one of those tracks that kick started the Italo-Disco sound that I have come to love since then. Ok I’ve fallen out of love then have come back to love again as the sound is pretty original. Don’t Cry Tonight sounds like the soundtrack to one of those 80s B movies about space and aliens taking over earth or could even be the soundtrack to Blade Runner or other similar type films. It’s got a very futuristic sound but not really upbeat either as it’s mellow, pretty laidback, very synthy and when you listen to it you can imagine driving through dark tunnels. Love it! It’s the perfect track to listen to at night when everyone is asleep and you can’t and are driving through lone streets. Beautiful and melancholy vocals by Roberto Zanetti.

    Don’t Cry Tonight is on the album Tonight from 1984 but unavailable for download anywhere. iTunes does have a Greatest Hits album from 1994 which includes several 1994 remixes of Don’t Cry Tonight which don’t come close to the original whatsoever. There is one remix which I have below also called Grand Mix. Check it out it sounds like you are listening to a Milli Vanilli song with the Don’t Cry Tonight lyrics. Fun but not that great of a remix. The Greatest Hits album does contain the song Only You also some remakes by Depeche Mode Strangelove and I Just Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew.

    Enjoy both below.


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    Don’t Cry Tongiht (12” Version) by Savage
    Don’t Cry Tonight (Grand Mix) by Savage

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  4. Versions Of Spacer Woman by Charlie


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    Spacer Woman by Charlie is one of my all time favorite Italo Disco tracks. I remember hearing in the early 80s but it came and went as I was only 13 when it was released. But later about 8 years ago is when I rediscovered again. Actually in 2004 it was on a compilation called I-Robots: Italo Electro Disco Underground Classics that I rediscovered this track and since then I haven’t stopped listening to it. Boy does this track still sounds fresh today or what? Luckily too that there have been some remixes and remakes by Sally Shapiro and I-Robots that sound just as fresh as the original 1983 version of Spacer Woman by Charlie. Italo Disco was that genre that came out in the early 80s to sound fresh and underground to become cheesy and overplayed/overproduced by the 80s came to a close. Luckily there are cool cuts like Spacer Woman to revisit that spacey 80s sound.

    I-Robot’s version of Spacer Woman has been beefed up and been given the production treatments of todays technologies. The woman vocals have been removed and robotic vox have taken over which actually works quite awesomely. Then the Sally Shapiro version basically is replaced by Sally’s trademark vox mostly sung version. There are 3 versions of Spacer Woman on the single from Sally Shapiro and Johan Agebjörn. The upbeat remake which is still my favorite, the more spacey – mellow – ambient version called Deeper Space Woman and the spacey disco house version called Outer Space Woman (Parts 1 & 2). On the single is also a track called Mega Man 2 which is very video game soundtrack inspired cut. Very 80s for sure.

    Enjoy all three versions below and let me know what you think of all three.


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    Spacer Woman by Charlie
    Spacer Woman (Oxtongue Version) by I-Robots/Third Millennium
    Spacer Woman From Mars by Johan Agebjörn & Sally Shapiro & Rude66 & Elitechnique

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  5. Dancing In Val D’Isere 1970 by Sare Havlicek


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    Really digging this track Dancing In Val D’Isere 1970 by Sare Havlicek. In fact the whole album, Toscana Nights is quite amazing if you are at all into spacey disco bordering italo and the cool synth sound from the late 70s and 80s! I have not heard of Sare Havlicek prior to just purchasing his album Toscana Nights on a fluke but I’m so glad I did it because this is one of those great albums you will play over and over again. If you are at all into Bottin or the French disco band Space then this is your cup of tea! Enjoy!

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    Dancing In Val D’Isere 1970 by Sare Havlicek

    Posted in 2010, Album.

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  6. Hypnotized (Bottin’s Mercurial Mix) by Oscar G & Stryke


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    Hooj Choons was one of my favorite labels coming out of the UK in the early 90s. With hit after hit of dancefloor cuts I was hooked with their Nu NRG sound that they had penned. Some of the acts on the label that I liked were JX, Tin Tin Out, Sister Bliss, Hyper Go Go, Escrima, Hyperlogic and many more.

    This track Hypnotized (Bottin’s Mercurial Mix) by Oscar G & Stryke comes off the Some Of These Were Hooj Volume 4 and it’s the standout cut from a very cool, cool compilation. The compilation includes many acts you’ll probably remember if you were tuned into the dance scene that came out of the UK in 90s. Complete tracklist below and a free preview of Hypnotized (Bottin’s Mercurial Mix) by Oscar G & Stryke. And for you 80s fanatics there’s a remix of Human League’s The Things That Dreams Are Made Of.

    01. Pete Lazonby – Sacred Cycles (Dave Spoon Mix) (6:50)
    02. The Human League – The Things That Dreams Are Made Of (Kissy Sell Out Mix) (5:25)
    03. Hyper Go Go – High (Dopefish Remix) (6:22)
    04. Marshall Jefferson Vs Noosa Heads – Mushrooms (Juttla Mix) (6:13)
    05. KC Flightt Vs Funky Junction – Voices (Medway & Dansor Remix) (6:38)
    06. Jas – Hitchhiking (Chicken Lips Dub Unlimited) (10:24)

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    07. Oscar G & Stryke – Hypnotized (Bottin’s Mercurial Mix) (6:41)
    08. Sourmash – Pilgrimage To Paradise (Timo Maas Remix) (7:55)
    09. Datar – B (Christian Smith And John Selway Remix) (7:05)
    10. KC Flightt Vs Funky Junction – Voices (Riva Starr Remix) (6:39)
    11. Katcha – Touched By God (Peace Division Remix) (8:17)

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    Posted in 2009, Album.

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